Opening Reception: Friday, July 5, 2013 5pm-8pm
Dates: July 5- July 27, 2013
Nihal Kececi is an intuitive artist, whose paintings are a bridge from representational to abstraction.
Born and raised in Turkey, Nihal started drawing and painting at a young age. Despite her demonstrated talent in art, she studied physics and nuclear engineering and worked in the software analysis field in the U.S. and Canada. Nihal works in acrylic, oil and pastel at a large scale. She has been generating a consistent body of work as a professional artist and taking classes at the Washington Studio School in Washington, DC and the Yellow Barn Studio and Gallery in Glen Echo, MD since 2004. With previous background in engineering, she knows how to model complex systems precisely and objectively, but painting has transformed her approach and provided the insight she needs to create complex and evocative artwork.
Creating a pastiche of light and shadow, Nihal often uses just a palette knife to apply paint to the canvas. She depicts a fragile but boldly expressive interplay between analysis and emotion, concealing and revealing her subject at once. Whether painting whirling dervishes, dramatic landscapes, or impressionistic figures, Nihal masks the known with the unknown and explores the
“Through my intuitive painting process, I have learned self-transcendence In some ways
knowing is the opposite of creativity, which can only come from not knowing. Each white
canvas invites me to stretch my sense of wonder and the painting process starts with, ‘what
Over her prolific past ten years, Nihal has amassed a body of over 400 paintings. She has
exhibited nationally and internationally in over 80 shows. Nihal lives and works in Bethesda,
I am adept at mixing left-and right-brain pursuits, splitting my time between computer screen and canvas. Experimenting with conscious and unconscious painting process raised questions in my mind about self-reflective nature of reality.
As an engineer and a scientist, I try to find a model for any complex system for controlling system variables in a logical way. During the intuitive painting process, I learned that modeling and controlling have not been successful for my style of painting, as my best paintings are created when I allowed my hands and my mind to flow freely. I have been wondering if programmed thinking and focus on control prevents one from reaching their soul. I hope that my work touches your mind, heart and soul.